The miracle and indescribable first trimester during pregnancy

Week 4:

Physical Changes to the body

Stepping into week 4, the placenta has developed the major organs. Heart has reorganized into 4 chambers and start to pump blood. Lung, gastrointestinal system, kidneys, liver and pancreas as well as cartilage and skeleton are now present. The embryo has now grown to a size of a poppy seed. Iron is essential during pregnancy as it supports the continual increase of the baby’s and the mother’s blood volume.

Your emotional this week

If you don’t know that you are pregnant, you are likely to be suspicious that you could be if your period doesn’t come when you expect it to. You may be feeling a big sense of apprehension and excitement. You may feel similar to how your usually do before you have a period. A little more emotional, easily irritated and generally feeling more moody.

Week 5:

Physical Changes to the body

The development of the respiratory and immune system starts in week 5. The skeleton structure starts to form and ears to inner ears begin to grow as well. The embryo is now the size of a sesame seed and morning sickness start to appeared. Even though this symptom may make you uneasy, it is still important to eat well. Calcium is another important nutrient, because babies require calcium to grow the skeleton and mothers should increase their calcium consumption to prevent loss of calcium from their bone.

Your emotional this week

You may be feeling a bit teary and prone to emotional meltdowns this week. You could be feeling a whole range of emotions, many of them at the same time. Excitement, joy, worry, guilt. This is a big week emotionally, especially if you have been planning to conceive and you find out you are.

Week 6:

Physical Changes to the body

There is a rapid growth of the embryo. The brain, , limbs as well as  electrical brain activity and sensory nerves quickly develops. The embryo is now the size of a grain of rice. Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness. Estimated 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women experience discomfort from the nausea and vomiting.

Your emotional this week

The reality of their pregnancy is sinking in and so is the realisation of needing to give up some usual pleasures. Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or taking drugs are all risky behaviours, especially during pregnancy. Although your period is a couple of weeks overdue and you have confirmed you are pregnant, you may still be worried about miscarrying. This is a common worry, especially in the first 12 weeks or 1st trimester.

Week 8:

Physical Changes to the body

Basic human shape, skeleton and cartilage developed into bone. The umbilical cord has been formed, it transfers nourishment and oxygen from mother to baby and allows the disposal of waste as well. The baby’s genitals are developing too. The embryo is now as big as a raspberry. Consider taking prenatal vitamins in order to assure proper growth and nutrition for your little one. Vitamins such as folic acid, calcium and iron are in higher concentration, while nutrients such as vitamin A are reduced.

Your emotional this week

You could be feeling moody and irritable. It is also normal to have mood swings and not tolerate people or situations as well as you usually do. It can be hard feeling as if you need to explain why you aren’t your usual self to others. This is especially true if you’ve chosen to keep the news of your pregnancy quiet for a while longer.

You might find yourself thinking about the baby as a little person, what sex it will be and even baby names. Thinking about the impact the baby will have on your life will occupy your quieter moments.

Week 11:

Physical Changes to the body

This week you baby is officially considered a foetus, which mean “little one”. Eyes are still closed, hand and feet can feel the pressure. Toes, neck and genital developed as well. Pregnant women might feel even more tired and bloated than past week. It due to hormones are raging through the body, and this can wreak havoc on your emotional sanity, so be prepared to spend the next few months swinging from one end of the emotional pendulum to the other.

Your emotional this week

You could be feeling less flat when you are 11 weeks pregnant and your usual energy levels are making a welcome return. There seems to be an end in sight with the nausea, tiredness and general washed out feeling so common in the first trimester.